Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 7, 2018

“Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 7:24-30.

“Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre.  And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it;  yet He could not escape notice.  But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet.  Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race.  And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.  And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  But she answered and *said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”  And He said to her, “Because of this answer go;  the demon has gone out of your daughter.”  And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left.”  Mark 7:24-30.

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The Gentile, Syrophoenician woman, kept asking Jesus to cast the demon out of her daughter.  But, Jesus was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

Many people would have received Jesus’ statement as an insult or at least a brush-off and would be offended and give up.

But she showed humility, patience, and persistence in her answer and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”

“And He said to her, “Because of this answer go;  the demon has gone out of your daughter.”

Particularly because Jesus said that the reason why He healed her daughter was her answer, we should meditate on some of what the Scriptures state about these qualities.

First, she was humble.

“…  “But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”  Isaiah 66:2.

Second, she was patient.

“I waited patiently for the LORD;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.”  Psalm 40:1.

Third, she was persistent.

“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.  There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’  For a while he was unwilling;  but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’”  Luke 18:1-4.


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